Saturday, June 05, 2004
Recollect that signed and dedicated copy of Gary Snyder's Axe Handles, previously owned by Charles Watts? Just sold it to the Charles Watts Memorial Library at KSW. Hot tip on a pile of Watts-McClure correspondence up in Special Collections at SFU in the bargain.

Acronym guide coming for all you non-Vancouverites.
Downloaded a soundboard copy of the 2003 Everything Must Go tour overnight. Crystal-clear sound and great improvisation from the whole Steely Dan band, esp. the horns, Dr. Ted Baker, and late saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus. So glad I got to see this iteration of the Dan in Toronto last September.

A little Godwhacker for this grey Vancouver morning, the best of the new songs:

In the beginning
We could hang with the dude
But it's been too much of nothing
Of that stank attitude
Now they curse your name
And there's a bounty on your face
It's your own fault daddy
GodWhacker's on the case

We track your almighty ass
Thru seven heaven-worlds
Me, Slinky Redfoot
And our trusty angel-girls
And when the stars bleed out
That be the fever of the chase
You better get gone poppie
GodWhacker's on the case

Be very very quiet
Clock everything you see
Little things might matter later
At the start of the end of history

Climb up the glacier
Across bridges of light
We sniff you, Big Tiger
In the forest of the night
'Cause there's no escape
From the Rajahs of Erase
You better run run run
GodWhacker's on the case

Be very very quiet
Clock everything you see
Little things might matter later
At the start of the end of history

Yes we are the GodWhackers
Who rip and chop and slice
For crimes beyond imagining
It's time to pay the price
You better step back son
Give the man some whackin' space
You know this might get messy
GodWhacker's on the case

Vocals, Wurlitzer, solo synth, percussion: Donald Fagen
Bass, solo guitar: Walter Becker
Drums: Keith Carlock
Guitar: Jon Herington, Hugh McCracken
Rhodes: Bill Charlap
Background vocal: Tawatha Agee, Catherine Russell

Friday, June 04, 2004
ACT #3: Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation installations
Nine Questions for Carl Andre
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Just purchased Doris and Jack Shadbolt's book collection, our first really big collection of antiquarian material, ever.

Digging through boxes of (mostly) Canadian poetry, literature, and art books late into the evening
Irritating Phone Call:

"Do you have a copy of Anna Karenina?" (Strike #1: new Oprah pick)

Of course.

"How much is it?"

$4.95 and GST.

"For a used book? That's far too much! Why, Store X has the same book for $4!"

Sounds like Store X just made a sale!

"Oh, I can't buy it there. They're too far away."
Charles Watts -- just bought a copy of Axe Handles signed and dedicated to Watts by Gary Snyder. Also found the "Some Vancouver Writers" issue of Raddle Moon in Jack and Doris Shadbolt's estate collection this afternoon.
Monday, May 31, 2004
Yet More Rare Tunes from Walt and Don
International Geophysical Year

and a cover version of Donald Fagen's wonderful song, courtesy Mr. Howard Jones. Early 90s synth-pop, anyone?
From Marvin Mondlin, Book Row - An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade:

"David A. Randall, a rare book dealer whose reminiscences are recorded in Dukedom Large Enough, discovered Book Row as a boy and began there as a book scout rummaging and rooting for cheap finds to sell for a profit at posh Uptown bookstores. One of his discoveries in the 25-cent bin was a nondescript work by Whittier with a verse in Whittier’s hand on the back flyleaf. The store owner, cantankerous Peter Stammer, going through hundreds of books had understandably missed the fact it was a valuable presentation copy. There and then young Randall learned the wisdom of not impetuously bragging in the victim’s presence. When he showed Stammer the inscription he had missed, the bookman seized the book, tore out the flyleaf, and handed back what was then legitimately a 25-cent buy. Stammer, famous for his warm heart as well as his impulsive temper, repented by giving Randall a part-time job and furthering the education of an eminent American bookman."

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